$1 million for Schuylkill River-based skate park

    Philly’s skateboarders could soon be skating along the Schuylkill now that the city has kicked in $1 million for the construction of the Franklin’s Paine Skatepark.

    The Department of Parks & Recreation has committed $1 million to the river-adjacent project behind the Art Museum, which the Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund calls the “the crown jewel of the City’s on-going commitment to skateboarding.”

    Groundbreaking on the 2.5-acre public space is set for Spring — about a year after the Parks & Rec department teamed up with the FPSF to draw up a master plan.

    FPSF has about eight to 10 other projects in the works, and has contributed to the development at Pop’s Playground in East Kensington, Whitehall Skatepark in Frankford, Patrick Kerr Memorial Skatepark in Roslyn, PA and McCreesh Skatepark in Southwest Philadelphia

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